What is Neurofeedback Therapy?
75% of Patients See Results After Just One Visit
What is Neurofeedback?
Neurofeedback, also called EEG biofeedback, is a type of therapy that uses real-time displays of brainwave activity to teach your brain to regulate itself. Neurofeedback has demonstrated safety and effectiveness for many neurological and psychiatric disorders. It can be used along with psychotherapy and pharmaceutical treatment.
This technology takes advantage of neuroplasticity – or the brain’s ability to reorganize and form new connections. Neurofeedback “shows” the brain its own dysfunctional patterns, causing it to naturally learn, adapt, and grow into something better. Through this learning process, your brain creates new patterns that are more efficient and balanced – allowing you to feel more focused, relaxed, and in control.
More than 85% of people treated have benefited significantly from it. Results can be seen quickly – often during the first session – and are lasting.
“The literature suggests that EEG biofeedback therapy should play a major therapeutic role in many difficult areas. In my opinion, if any medication had demonstrated such a wide spectrum of efficacy, it would be universally accepted and widely used.”
– Frank Duffy, MD, Neurologist, Harvard Medical Professor, and Head of Neuroimaging at Boston Children’s Hospital
“It accelerates symptom removal and the development of healthy self-regulation – meaning it helps the patient’s own body make the proper adjustments.”
– Dr. Thomas Brod, Psychiatrist
“Neurofeedback offers a powerful intervention. While not a panacea, it can improve and stabilize symptoms in the very kinds of cases psychiatrists struggle with.”
– Dr. Kimberly Pesaniello, Psychiatrist
Benefits of Neurofeedback
Patients across the lifespan, from young children to older adults, have benefited from neurofeedback. Results can be seen quickly, often beginning within the first session, and are lasting.
You don’t need to be sick to benefit from neurofeedback. Benefits include, but aren’t limited to:
- Improved focus and memory
- Greater sense of calm
- Improved mood
- Improved ability to connect
- Reduced pain
- Better sleep
- Higher motivation
- Enhanced energy
- Better organizational skills
- Less social barriers
- Greater efficiency at work/school
This type of neurofeedback can be helpful in managing the symptoms of:
- Autism spectrum
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
- Seizure disorders
- Insomnia or other sleep disorders
- PTSD and other trauma reactions
- Concussion symptoms
- Memory loss or cognitive decline
Neurofeedback gives you the ability to use the power of your mind to improve your health and physical performance.
The Neurofeedback Treatment Process
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Depression & Panic Anxiety
“I began seeing Dr. Wendling in hopes of finding a way to help lessen the intensity and frequency of my depression and panic/anxiety disorders. We set up a multi-faceted plan to address my concerns and adjusted it accordingly along the way, with her always offering alternative solutions if I was unsure. I truly felt like we were a team addressing my health. I always left feeling educated, listened to and understood.”
● 90 minute in-person visit
● Review of intake forms, labs and medical history
● Discuss goals
● Formulate treatment plan
● First neurofeedback treatment session
This is a prerequisite for all neurofeedback packages
*Reimbursable by most insurance companies.
● 30 minute in-person visit
● One neurofeedback treatment session
● One neurofeedback treatment session
● Most people opt to buy one of the discounted packages listed below
*Not covered by insurance, but most can use their HSA or FSA.
● 5 Neurofeedback treatment sessions (30 minutes each)
● Minimum amount needed for change
● 10 Neurofeedback treatment sessions (30 minutes each)
● Average amount needed for lasting change
● 15 Neurofeedback treatment sessions (30 minutes each)
● Average amount needed for longstanding issues
*Not covered by insurance, but most can use their HSA or FSA.
Frequently Asked Questions
This type of neurofeedback is appropriate for anyone age 5 and up who wants to improve anxiety, memory, mood, focus, connection, performance, pain, or sleep. While there are no contraindications, we don’t treat anyone with active brain tumors. You should also let us know if you have constant tinnitus so we can discuss things you may notice as you begin your treatment.
Neurofeedback is extremely safe and non-invasive. It doesn’t hurt or cause discomfort. Actually, you cannot feel it at all.
Each treatment session is 30 minutes. But the neurofeedback treatment itself only takes a few seconds to a few minutes. It’s short and simple, and requires no focused attention, making it an ideal treatment for people with attention issues or those on the autism spectrum.
Just sit back and relax. No active participation is required. You’ll just need to stay still for the active treatment time, which lasts from a few seconds to a few minutes.
Yes. While some people do require lower doses of prescription medications as they go through treatment, all dosage changes should be managed by your prescribing doctor.
No, neurofeedback is not yet recognized by insurance companies as a medically necessary treatment. But we do provide discounted packages to help with the financial investment.
Over 85% of people who have used the LENS benefit significantly from it.
- This treatment is particularly beneficial for severe cases, where one might feel “stuck” in their negative behavioral or pain patterns.
- As we reinforce new and healthy brainwave patterns each week, they grow stronger – like exercising a muscle.
No. We’re building new neural networks. So when these new networks are stronger than the older, unhealthy ones, the brain will default to them. You’ll have the benefits for life. If your results do fade after 1-2 weeks of ending treatment, you should come back for a couple of more sessions. This indicates that the strengthening of the new neural networks is not quite complete. The goal is lasting change, which takes an average of 10-20 sessions.
In short, yes. According to Frank Duffy, MD (Neurologist, Harvard Medical Professor and Head of Neuroimaging at Boston Children’s Hospital), “the literature…suggests that EEG biofeedback therapy should play a major therapeutic role in many difficult areas. In my opinion, if any medication had demonstrated such a wide spectrum of efficacy, it would be universally accepted and widely used.” For a list of research articles supporting the effectiveness of neurofeedback, see the last tab of this FAQ.
No, a referral isn’t necessary.
You’ll need an average of 10-20 neurofeedback sessions to see lasting change.
No, as we go through treatment, the technology will develop a map of your brain. Together, we’ll create a unique treatment plan based on your individual brain map.
Traditional neurofeedback requires conscious attention and training for 45-60 minutes per session. While traditional neurofeedback is also very effective, results are typically attained over 40 or more sessions. Patients also need to be able to focus and practice daily, which can be difficult for many people, including children.
The Low Energy Neurofeedback System does not require any focused attention, and you don’t need to do anything specific during the session.
This makes it an excellent option, especially for those who can’t pay attention for long periods of time and those who can’t understand instructions.
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Hi, I’m Dr. Jessica Wendling,
a naturopathic physician and neurofeedback specialist.
My passion is helping people heal the root cause of their mental and emotional concerns using the principles of neurology and neurofeedback.
By retraining the brain and balancing the stress response, many health conditions resolve. The results are lasting, and include improved:
And more importantly – the resilience to handle the stress that life throws our way.